Knitcircus Podcast #105

In which Jaala name-drops more than Amy, for once!

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Designer: Janina Kallio

Pattern: Herald, by Janina Kallio

Knitcircus Colors: Just Have a Little Faith in Me

Pattern: Spotlight, by Janina Kallio

Knitcircus Colors: Many Happy Returns, The Sensible Ms Dashwood

Pattern: Scrappy Bias Shawl, by Emily Clawson

Knitcircus Colors: Pardon Me, Sir

Events: TNNA in Columbus

Designer: Christopher Salas

Designer: Angela Tong

Designer: Stephannie Tallent

Designer: Heather Zoppetti

Designer: Mindy Wilkes

Designer: Jen Lucas

Designer: Adrienne Ku

Yarn: Baah Yarns

Yarn: Twisted Owl

Designer: Stefanie Japel

Designer: Stacey Trock

Pattern: Find Your Fade, by Andrea Mowry

Pattern: Free Your Fade, by Andrea Mowry

Pattern: Color Affection, by Veera Välimäki

Cool Stuff: Purl and Loop Looms

Cool Stuff: Schacht Looms

Pattern: Flight Path, by Elizabeth Morrison 

Cool Stuff: Katrinkles

Cool Stuff: Papa Sews Too

Cool Stuff: Zing Needles

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Knitcircus Podcast #103

The podcast in which Jaala and Amy make each other laugh (for a change)!

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Topics of note:

Knitting Tools: Zing Needles

Knitting Patterns: Sugar Sprinkles Shawl, by Sharyn Anhalt

Dyers: The Plucky Knitter

Artists: Jennie the Potter

Artists: Pawley Studios

 

Knitting Pattern: Summer Camp, by Laura Aylor

Knitting Pattern and Givaway: Bromeliad Shawl

Artist: Katrinkles

Knitting Tools: Cotton Candy Scissors

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Knitcircus Podcast #80

Amy will stop at nothing to track down the elusive rainbow sheep…

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Jamies Food Revolution

Purple Citrus Book

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Huge and Huggable MochiMochi

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Oland Stricken/Oland Breien book

Once and Future King

Sally Melville Einstein Coat

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The Beginners Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns by Kate Atherley

Miss Winkle by Martina Behm

Vivian. by Ysolda Teague

Please tell us: What really spectacular piece of knitting should we have in our booth?

 

Pickford Bandana

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Pickford was one of the most fun and satisfying patterns I’ve designed. Back in November, I started noodling around with the idea of a bandana cowl. Looking around at Ravelry at some of my favorite designs like Zuzu’s Petals and Starshower, I was surprised at the construction; they all start by knitting flat, then joining for knitting in the round once the shawl-in-progress is wide enough to fit comfortably around the neck. This creates basically shawls that  are fastened in the back, which is exactly what they were going for.

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That construction creates a shawl-like project that starts low on the neck and lies flatter on the chest. My neck is always cold and feels vulnerable, so I wanted my design to go up a little higher, keeping the neck warm, but not being tight. Even though I like my neck warm, I can’t stand anything tight, which makes me odd, I know.

Starting from a cowl construction instead of a shawl construction seemed like the best angle, and would be much simpler to knit. But it needed to get wider at the bottom for comfort and to create the bandana shape I wanted.

The first iteration of the pattern featured increases at the “point” every round, which made it pontier. I liked that one, and it’ll be coming out as a new pattern soon, but I wanted to try something subtler (if you visited us at Vogue Knitting Live New York, it was a sample in the Impressionist section of the booth). The next try increased every other round, and I liked that, too, (it’s the Over the Rainbow cowl I wear pretty much every day, and at the Knitting Pipeline Retreat), but the Pickford version made just the bandana cowl shape I envisioned for a worsted-weight cowl.

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This created just the warm, yet drapey and easy-to-knit cowl I had hoped for all along!

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Test knitter Alane made a darling Pickford  and gave me excellent pattern feedback. Thanks, Alane!

I love this construction so much, I’ve already got a lacy spring version on the needles. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Happy knitting,

Jaala

 

Knitcircus Podcast #56

Amy and Jaala are thankful for the spring reprieve and reflect on the Madison Knitter’s Guild Knit In. Later, Amy makes a shocking confession.

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